Curtis McCoy was just 2 years old when he was reportedly kidnapped on November 18, 1989, as he walked a few steps behind his father, Curtis Williams, while window shopping in Newark New Jersey, during a shopping trip with his father’s girlfriend Sabetha Moore, and his two half sisters. As the group approached an intersection, Curtis’s father reached for his son’s hand to cross the street, but little Curtis was gone. The toddler was visiting his father for Thanksgiving and lived with his mother LaShawn in South Carolina. He is a black male that was just about 2 feet tall and 25 lbs at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with blue jeans and a blue Yankees cap. His date of birth is listed as October 6, 1987.
LaShawn claims that her son did not want to travel to New Jersey with his father and she had to reassure him that the trip would be fine.
Curtis Williams was questioned several times over the years by investigators and in September of 2005, he and his girlfriend were jailed on fraud charges. They stole security deposits from the tenants of an apartment and also falsely reported Curtis as a dependent on a loan application. Authorities initially thought that Curtis had hidden his son in the local area and was living under a different name, but the search for him turned up empty with no proof that the boy was alive. January 13, 2006, Williams was charged with the murder of his son.
In April of 2007, Williams admitted to killing his son and stated he buried him in a shallow grave at an intersection underneath an elevated area of the New Jersey Turnpike. New York State Police used machines, sifters and shovels to dig there. Prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to prove the murder charge.
In May of 2007, Curtis pled guilty to hindering apprehension in connection with his son’s disappearance. He was sentenced to time served and 5 years of probation, and was released from custody immediately. All charges were dropped.
Numerous searches have been conducted to find Curtis’s remains, all have been unsuccessful.
If you have any information, please contact the Newark Police Department at 201-733-6123 or the FBI at 202-324-3000.